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Stage 1: pre-application

Do I need planning permission?

A certain level of work can done to your house without requiring submission of a planning application. This development is called permitted development.

To confirm whether the development you are proposing is permitted development, please use the Planning Portal Interactive House.

If you believe the work you are doing is permitted development but would like confirmation of this, you can ask for a Certificate of Lawful Development - Proposed. This will cost £86 and you will need to supply a completed application form, existing and proposed plans, location and site plans, and the fee. We will issue a certificate within 8 weeks, but more often much faster than this.

If your development is not permitted development, you must submit a householder planning application.

I live in a flat. How does this differ from development to a house?

In planning terms, a flat is not the same as a house, and any development work to a flat (except for the addition of sustainable energy sources to the property, such as solar panels) requires full planning permission.

There are no permitted development rights relating to flats.

A full planning permission application for works to a flat will cost you £172.

What process do you follow when considering my householder planning application?

We will consider your application against relevant adopted local and national policy. We aim to decide your application within 8 weeks of it being made valid.

Your application is valid when it has been confirmed that all required information has been supplied. If all information is supplied up front, the application is valid on the day we received it, even if it takes us longer to confirm this.

After receiving your application we will check that all information has been supplied. We aim to write to you within 5 days to confirm either that all information has been supplied, or to tell you that something is missing.

Once the application is 'valid' we will send letters to affected neighbours asking for their opinion of the development. These neighbours have 21 days to respond. We may also need to write to other groups to seek their opinion, such as conservation area advisory committees or local resident groups.

Once this 21 day period of consultation has passed, we will assess your application against local and national planning policy, and against any comments received.

We will prepare a report with a recommendation of either approval subject to conditions, or refusal. This report will be reviewed by a senior officer and a final decision made. 95% of all applications are decided by officers acting under delegated authority.

If your application is contentious, against policy, or if it is requested by a local councillor, it may be decided by the planning sub-committee. This is very rare for a householder planning applications. 

My house is in a conservation area, does this affect my application?

Yes. Along with all the standard information you will also need to provide a design and access statement.

Download further information on design and access statements (PDF).

To find out if your property is within a conservation area, see FindMyNearest and search by your address. Once you have located your property, select the Environment and Property tab at the bottom of the page.

For detailed information and advice, please visit the conservation areas page.

Can I get advice on my proposal before I submit an application?

We offer a pre-application service for householder developments. Further information can be found on the pre-application advice page.

What will you consider when looking at my application?

We will look at your existing and proposed plans, your application form, your design and access statement (where applicable), any comments received from nearby neighbours and any comments received from any other interested party. These are together referred to as 'material considerations'.

Matters that are not considered as material considerations are:

  • Any possible impact on the value of land or property
  • Any matters related to the building control regulations (such as foundations or subsidence)
  • Any dispute between you and your neighbour over a common boundary wall or fence, and
  • Any other personal matters between you and your neighbours

How much will this cost?

A householder application will cost £172.

At present works to a house to allow access for a disabled person are exempt from this fee. There are no other exemptions.

What do I need to provide?

You need to provide the information as follows:

  • A completed application form
  • A site plan
  • A location plan
  • Elevations and floor plans of the current arrangement of the property
  • Elevations and floor plans of the proposed arrangement of the property
  • The relevant fee of £172
  • A design and access statement (only required if the property is within a conservation area). Download further information on design and access statements (PDF).

To find out if your property is within a conservation area, see FindMyNearest and search by your address. Once you have located your property, select the Environment and Property tab at the bottom of the page.

You can find more information about the above details by viewing our Validation Checklist for householder planning applications (PDF)

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Page updated: 18 Aug 2014 


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Planning Duty Desk
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY
Opening Times
In person: 10am-12 noon; 2pm-4pm (Mon-Fri).
Phone: 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri)
Email: planning@hackney.gov.uk
Tel:020 8356 8062
Fax:020 8356 8110